Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Dr Tavs Jorgensen


Senior Research Fellow

Tavs Jorgensen has been awarded an AHRC/RCUK Early Career Innovation Fellowship - Inter-Disciplinary Interface 2019-2021 to undertake the project Smart Tooling for Ceramic Profile Extrusion: New Approaches to Industrially focused Interdisciplinary Practice Based Research


Tavs initially trained as a craft potter in his native Denmark and came initially to the UK to work as a production thrower at Darlington Pottery. He went on to study three-dimensional ceramic design at Cardiff Institute and established his own design consultancy with leading companies such as Wedgwood and Lenox as clients. He spent more than a decade working in the ceramic industry as a designer/modeler.

From 2006 to 2016 he worked as a Research Fellow at the Autonomatic Research Cluster, Falmouth University, contributing to developing the cluster’s pioneering research into the use of new digital fabrication tools in design and craft practice.

Tavs’s teaching career began in 2006 when he starting teaching on the Ceramic and Glass programme at the Royal College of Art and for a period of 10 years he thought regularly on the programme. From 2015 to 2017 he lectured on the 3D Design Course at Plymouth University, where he contributed to teaching across design disciplines and materials. Tavs also has very active visiting lecturing career and over the last ten years he has guest lectured at more than 20 leading international universities and colleges including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nottingham University, Open University, University College London, Chulalongkorn University, and The Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen.

Tavs maintains an active creative practice with work exhibited at leading venues including the Saatchi Gallery (London), Pushkin Museum (Moscow), Museum of Art and Design (New York), Christies (London), and Salone de Mobile (Milan). He is represented by Vessel and Petronilla Silver Gallery.

Tavs’s technical skills set include advanced digital design and fabrication technologies but also include material based hands skills, such as plaster modelling, mould making and glass processing techniques.

Tavs’s current research interests include: digital fabricating, innovation theory, tool making, and inter/trans disciplinary design.

Email: tavs.jorgensen@uwe.ac.uk